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UPDATE: Death of Stanford Women’s Soccer Player Katie Meyer Ruled Suicide, According to Medical Examiner


The sudden death of 22-year-old women’s soccer player Katie Meyer shocked the Stanford community.

Katie Meyer, 22-Year-Old Captain of Stanford Women’s Soccer Team, Found Dead On Campus

School officials announced Wednesday that Meyer was found dead inside an on-campus residence.

While there has been much speculation to Meyer's cause of death, the Santa Clara County medical examiner ruled her death "self-inflicted."

Per the San Francisco Chronicle:

Meyer, captain of the women’s soccer team, died by suicide, Santa Clara County officials said Thursday evening. She was the fourth Stanford student to unexpectedly die in just over a year’s time.

“We are exceedingly saddened to hear about the death of Katie Meyer, a beloved, talented and respected Stanford student, athlete and Santa Clara County resident,” the county said in a statement.

As KTVU reported, the medical examiner said there's no foul play related to Meyer's death:

"We are exceedingly saddened to hear about the death of Katie Meyer, a beloved, talented, and respected Stanford student, athlete, and Santa Clara County resident," the coroner's office said in a statement. "The Medical Examiner-Coroner extends sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Katie Meyer."

The Stanford University's women's soccer team captain and goalkeeper was found dead in a campus residence earlier this week.

Thousands poured onto Maloney Field Wednesday night, the home of Stanford soccer, for a vigil to remember the star athlete.

Meyer, 22, was a senior majoring in International Relations, resident assistant, and was supposed to graduate this year.

In the days before her tragic death, Meyer complained of knee pain from surgery the previous month.

Daily Mail explained:

In a video explaining a typical Friday in the life of a Stanford soccer goalie, Katie Meyer said she took practice easy that morning 'because my knee is very swollen.'

She had previously posted on February 1 that she was undergoing surgery on her right knee, sharing videos of her scrolling through TikTok beforehand and telling her thousands of followers that when she came out of surgery the nurses were laughing and said she 'was the most fun patient coming off of anesthesia ever.'

'Apparently I was pissed that my anesthesiologist left because I wanted to tell him he was the man #funtimes,' she captioned the video.


Meyer, a senior majoring in international relations and minoring in history at the school, also posted photos to of her in crutches following the surgery, as she went to get a coffee and played with Star Wars Legos.

'For context, I finally got a quick surgery to address pain I've been having for about a year,' she tweeted. 'I have a short, short (8 to 10 week) recovery till I'm fully back, but it is so worth feeling 100%'

'Health is wealth, and I'm in great spirits and excited to be caring for my body.'

Things seemed to be going well after that, as she shared photos from practices and spoke about how she was getting coffee with friends on Friday before going to a sorority dinner.

But on Tuesday morning, Meyer was found dead in her dorm room.

A cause of death has not yet been released, but police said there was no threat to anyone else on campus and they are not treating Meyer's death as suspicious.

She had shared photos of herself with her father Steve in the days leading up to her death, with their closeness evident in the moving shots.

In a follow-up video, she said that when she came out of surgery the nurses were laughing and said she 'was the most fun patient coming off of anesthesia ever'

Meyer shared a photograph of her with her father Steve and their pet dog shortly before her sudden death

She seemed to be doing OK after the surgery, with someone gifting her Lego Star Wars

*Source - Daily Mail*

The Daily Mail article was published Thursday before the announcement of Meyer's death being ruled a suicide.

A GoFundMe to help cover Meyer's funeral expenses stated, "Together as a community, we are all mourning the passing of Katie Meyer. On March 1, 2022, our dear friends lost their beautiful daughter. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with Katie's family- there just are no words to describe this loss."

There have yet to be reports of an autopsy performed on Meyer's body.


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